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Spinal Cord Injury must become curable

Wings for Life is a not-for-profit spinal cord research foundation. Our mission is to find a cure for spinal cord injury. We fund world-class scientific research and clinical trials around the globe aimed at healing the injured spinal cord.  

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Progress in spinal cord research is largely driven by private funding. Wings for Life is dependent on donations from individuals and companies. 100% of all donations are used for research purposes because all administrative costs are kindly covered by the Red Bull Company.

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Staying the Course

Staying the Course

Many valuable medical discoveries never reach the patient. They fail at the Valley of Death. Now, a whole series of new measures has been introduced to help the situation.

Nanotechnology rescues spinal cord tissue

Nanotechnology rescues spinal cord tissue

Nanoparticles seem to have a high potential. They reprogramme aggressive immune cells. Therefore, they enhance healing after a spinal cord injury.

Interview with Yale professor

Interview with Yale professor

Stephen Strittmatter tells us why he became a researcher, what drives him daily and how he'd like to help chronically injured people.

BLOG: The Backbone of Neurons

BLOG: The Backbone of Neurons

Neurons have a skeleton as well. Its manipulation can lead to regeneration after a spinal cord injury. Read more here in Vieri Faillis Blog.

Injured patients move arms and hands

Injured patients move arms and hands

In Australia, physicians managed to restore arm and hand function in 13 tetraplegic patients. This pioneering work was made possible by nerve transfer.

The importance of respiratory training

The importance of respiratory training

Respiratory complications in spinal cord injury patients are crucial for the quality and quantity of life. A large study revealed the optimized breathing training to increase respiratory muscle strength.

Website on clinical trials is online

Website on clinical trials is online

SCITrialsFinder.net is online since yesterday. There, people with a spinal cord injury can quickly and easily find all the information about suitable clinical trials.

Cell self-devouring

Cell self-devouring

Scientists found that autophagy, the cell self-devouring mechanism is essential for the development of myelin. Now there are new findings.

This is where your donation goes

This is where your donation goes

Every year, with the sole mission of finding the cure for spinal cord injury, we fund research projects around the globe. Find out more here.

Great News: 20 new projects!

Great News: 20 new projects!

We are so pleased to announce that after this year´s Decision Meeting, we are going to fund 20 new projects. This means in total an amazing 63 studies worldwide are being funded by Wings for Life. Learn more.

The History of Spinal Cord Research

The History of Spinal Cord Research

In the past, paralyzed people could not be treated. Today, the first patients are taking their own steps again - thanks to research. A chronicle of the most important events and insights.

5 questions about the Scientific Meeting 2019

5 questions about the Scientific Meeting 2019

This year, the spinal cord research elite met again for an exchange in Salzburg. We asked 5 questions to our insider Dr. Vieri Failli